4.4. Understanding Users, Roles, Rights and Case Status

The rights and roles model within the cockpit is aimed to support large multinational organizations with different independent users working with the case management at the same time. An organization responsible for analyzing THOR logs might be split up in groups of analysts.

Within the cockpit, all users have the right to access the logs and create cases. Within the Case Management section, access rights are granted depending on the particular state the case is in.

In order to setup your rights management you must first decide about the states you want your cases to have, then assign rights for a particular state to a role and after that you add users to that particular role.

In order to understand this better, let's look at an example.

Let's assume we have an organization where a Level 1 analyst group located in Frankfurt is responsible for creating cases and providing an initial assessment for cases, while a Level 2 analyst group located in Hamburg is responsible for reviewing, final decision and closing of cases. In order to support an efficient workflow, you would at least need the following states for your cases:

  • Open (nobody is yet working on this case)

  • Level 1 Working (Level 1 is working on this case)

  • Level 1 Finished (Level 1 has finished and nobody is now working on this case)

  • Level 2 Working (Level 2 is working on this case)

  • Closed (Case closed)

A workflow could look like this:

Workflow open Cases

Workflow open Cases

For your convenience, we already did the setup for this example and ship all Analysis Cockpit with this workable template by default. You are free to use, modify or delete the corresponding rights, statuses and roles.

However, in order to explain the concepts and the setup of roles and statuses better we assume for a while, we had an empty cockpit with no roles and statuses pre-configured.

In order to set up our pre-configured example, we navigate to the Settings section and create the following roles:

Settings - adding additional roles

Settings – adding additional roles

Every role can have different rights. We will explain this in detail in the next section. Firstly, we create Level 1 Analyst and Level 2 Analyst without rights at all.

After that we define the following statuses:

Settings - Case Status

Settings – Case Status

In the lower table you can manage the access rights for every role and every Case Status. We can give the suitable rights to our generated roles by clicking the New Rights for Case Status button on the right.

Edit Rights - Read, Write, Set

Edit Rights – Read, Write, Set

For Level 1 Analyst we add the right to read and write all "Open" cases and change the case status to this status (set).

Additionally, we grant Level 1 Analyst the rights to read, write and set all cases for "Level 1 Working".

Finally, we grant the right to read and set cases for the status Level1 Finished. This allows Level 1 Analysts to set a particular case to "Level 1 Finished" and restricts them from modifying this case once they have passed it to this status.

For Level 2 we now add the rights to read and write cases for "Level 1 Finished" and the rights to read, write and set cases for "Level 2 Working". This allows Level 2 analysts to pick cases from the "Level 1 Finished" status and start working on them.

As we do not want Level 2 Analysts to reopen cases, that have already been closed we only grant them rights to read and set for the status "Closed".

Additionally, we give Level 2 Analyst the right to set the case status to "Open".

After that, the Access rights for Case Status section looks like this:

Settings - Access rights for Case Status

Settings – Access rights for Case Status

Of course, this is only an example. You may of course decide to give Level 2 full access to all cases, and it may also be a good means of training to grant Level 1 Analysts the right to see the "Level 2 Working" and "Closed" cases. You may also want Level 2 Analysts to reopen "Closed" cases or may restrict this right to an additional role. This just illustrates, that the system is highly configurable with an almost infinite number of statuses, roles and rights.

Finally, you simply add users and add them to their particular role.